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BreakOut West returning to Kelowna in 2023

Kelowna has secured the hosting rights to BreakOut West for a third time.

After successful editions of the music festival were held in the Central Okanagan in 2010 and 2018, the event will be back in Kelowna from Oct. 11-15, 2023.

BreakOut West is a four-day music industry conference that’s accompanied by three nights of live music at various venues and the Western Canadian Music Awards.

It’s hosted by a different western Canadian city each year.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Kelowna's Ezra and Ruth Cipes, two members of the 2022 Western Canadian Music Award Children's Artist of the Year winning group The Oot n' Oots, perform at the Oct. 2 Hand-Off Reception at Calgary's King Eddy.

"Kelowna has had massive success in hosting BreakOut West in the past,” explained Karma Lacoff Nieoczym, executive director of Creative Okanagan and chair of the host committee.

“The event has enabled us to showcase our local artists and unique venues and further establish Kelowna as a community that loves live music.”

Music fans can look forward to more than 50 western Canadian artists, both emerging and established, and a few international acts descending on the city next October.

In 2018, local rockers The Wild!, The Grapes of Wrath, Delhi 2 Dublin, daysormay, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Shred Kelly and plenty others took the stage during the festival.

<who>Photo Credit: NowMedia</who>The Wild! performing at BreakOut West in 2018.

“The Central Okanagan has a strong, connected music and cultural community, terrific venues, and passionate volunteers ready to host in 2023,” said Lisanne Ballantyne, president and CEO of Tourism Kelowna.

“We are excited to welcome back attendees to our amazing four-season outdoor playground, including new live music and performance spaces.”

More details on BreakOut West 2023 will be announced in the coming months.

For now, you can learn more about the event by clicking this link.

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